Originally Posted by wolfstraum
Having one VERY female reactive female and another very social female - I can say it is a very very very individual characteristic. My one female could be in full blown heat and be in a run with another one of my females (Furious and Fenja) or lying on the couch with her mother who was also in heat (Basha and Furious)....while my other female is very very dominant and I would never trust her with another female past puppyhood....while her daughter (who is also a "niece" of Basha) is fine with other females and another daughter actually lives with Basha and the two females are great together. I strive to try to overcome this tendency genetically in breeding. And I would never just throw any of my females into a pack of strange dogs.....introductions are done very carefully, no matter how dog tolerant they are.
You have to look at the female family and pedigree for known aggression and trust in a breeder who will be honest about what temperament is in their families....make SURE the breeder has experience with the female on a multi generation level - not one who just has a turnover of titled females for breeding.....
GSDs are probably higher in percentages than many other breeds for female on female aggression I think.
Thank you very much for your informed opinion!! I very much like the idea of evaluating females throughout the pedigree for the female reactive characteristic.
I realize that a GSD - especially one from working lines - is not a Golden Retriever and should not be expected to have the temperament of such a happy-go-lucky breed.
That said, as I approach retirement, I want a "go everywhere, do everything" dog in whom I can have confidence in all scenarios. I have met some female GSD's worthy of this type of trust, but recently began wondering whether they were 'low drive,' or whether it was a temperament thing (didn't know the dogs or the owners very well).
I will be able to provide my next dog with the best of socialization and early experiences possible - but obviously want to stack the odds of getting a "safe" dog in public as much as possible.